D-Day 60th Anniversary
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Bayeux, now this is the real Normandy!
Walking from the train station I was amazed by the amount of men walking around in their army uniforms. It was not for quite a few minutes that I realised why there were so many war veterans...it was of course the 60th Anniversary of D-Day!
Anyone who knows me, who really knows me, would know that I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with World War II. I am one of those people who loves the documentaries on the Discovery Channel, I dont have the History Channel, but thats probably a good thing.
I own just about every WWII movie. It's not the guns and the explosions that I love but how such young men fought rose up and fought against all the odds preforming unbelieveable feats of bravery.
Never has this rung so true with me than it did seeing all these old men reminisce of their first experiences in this area of France.
Now, all of this was great, there is as ever always a downside. Being the anniversary weekend, it meant that all the hotels and hostels were essentially booked out! I did eventually find a decent place to stay even if a little out of town. So I dumped my bags to set off and seek out the town.
The town of Bayeux is very nice. Real old France. I began to imagine what the young soldiers would have seen and how they would have felt coming by here. It was amazing.
Aside from being the sight of such amazing heroic acts, it is also the home of the Bayeux tapestry that depicts the Battle of 1066 when the Normans invaded England and kicked almighty ass and won by putting an arrow through the Kings eye. It was great to see this after studying it back in my school days despite the feeling that 5 year old kid could do the same job but then again, the same goes for Picasso's infamous Guernica painting!